More idle chatter on Facebook

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Here we go again ....

    CBS Local New York: Wyckoff Teen Arrested For Making Terroristic Threat On Facebook

    NBC New York: Girl, 14, Arrested for Facebook Terror Threat Against NJ School: Cops

    The "threat":

    The daffy police chief (though not quite as daffy as the one one in Ottumwa, IA):

    These are just the idle ramblings of frustrated school kids who had a rough day. However many of us never made such comment when we were in school? Until thirteen years ago -- before LiveJournal, MySpace and Facebook -- these statements occurred in conversations, one-on-one, small groups, phone calls. Today's kids are wired 24/7 and their social connections are internet-based. What was said in a private, fleeting moment 20 years ago today remains visible in Facebook. The kids are the same, and normal adolescent behavior should not be criminalized.

    I supposed this won't end until all bogeymen men have been corraled, and there is no chance that anyone might become concerned by reading anything. Just imagine that idyllic world of blissful happy thoughts. :)

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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I posted it in another thread, but it's also appropriate here. Sigh. So many shoes fit:

    "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself--anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face . . . was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime . . . ."
    -George Orwell, 1984
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Shoot, when I head for the store my husband asks if I'm launching a full scale assault or just a scouting mission. I'm glad we've never discussed it on facebook.
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  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Both your links go to the CBS report, Mike.

    I heard last night that she had been a target in a "sexting" issue last year. Perhaps some of those on the receiving end of bullying are acting out in ways other than committing suicide.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    wow. Next time I say "I'm getting bombed tonight", I'll make sure it's not on facebook.
    beyond ridiculous. That stupid one-liner is enough for the police to cart you off? "err on the side of caution". well, gee, I'm old fashioned, but isn't the PROPER way to proceed here is to do an investigation or surveillance first, like maybe the next day when the kid goes to school? Possibly a search of her person. But an outright arrest? I hope they get a good suing lawyer.
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  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    We need to shut this terrorism hysteria down ASAP. I think suing the authorities penniless is a great idea.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Fixed, thanks!
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Can't find anything new on this one, although without a name, it's harder to search for updates.

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